QGIS is an entirely Open Source project. QGIS development is carried out largely by a group of volunteers, that in time have built up a large, valuable and useful code base, free to use and improve for everybody. As a result, you have free access to the source code and binaries that we provide on our web site. As a result of this volunteer approach, a number of tasks, less interesting or important for the developers, are sometimes left behind. In addition, promoting QGIS requires our participation at congresses and conferences and the production of information material, sometimes very expensive for volunteer developers.
Meanwhile, many organizations have made an investment in using QGIS as part of their operations, but have not had a way to directly contribute to the success and long-term health of the project.
We would like to extend our activities and improve the quality of QGIS. Your financial contribution will support the maintenance, improvement, and promotion of QGIS. Sponsorship is not a way for individuals to control the development of the project, but rather a way of ensuring the longevity and overall health of the project.
With your donations we were able to fund several developer meetings, starting from that in Vienna, autumn 2009. Users donations, with the co-sponsoring of the Italian GFOSS.it association allow us to fund travel and accommodation costs of several key developers.
Donations thus contributed effectively to the great success of the meeting (see e.g. a report).
We encourage you to donate again to the upcoming developer meetings.
There are two kinds of financial contributions, we accept: sponsorships: a sponsorship is an annual commitment of funds to the project. donation: a donation is a once off financial contribution to the QGIS project.
Sponsors can sponsor QGIS for any amount of money of at least 500 €/700 US$. Sponsorships last one year, after which they may be continued with a new payment, or allowed to lapse. At or above the following levels a sponsor will be designated as being one of the following class:
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Donations can be of any amount, through the Make A Donation PayPal link provided in the left-hand menu of this website or through our bank account (write us for details: cavallini at faunalia dot it). Even a small donation can make a big difference and help to reach important project goals!
If you wish to send us a larger donation, you are strongly encouraged to use the bank account rather than PayPal.
Sponsoring the QGIS project provides the following benefits:
The sponsorship funds will be spent to directly improve the code base of the project, to fund tasks that generally receive less attention from developers, and to fund work on peripheral project tasks so that core contributors can focus efforts on QGIS improvements. As an example, we would like to fund the following project activities:
We regret that we cannot accept ‘earmarked’ funding as it creates many administrative issues. If you are interested in funding specific aspects of QGIS development, we encourage you to allocate additional human resources to the project, e.g. hiring a developer, or participating to our bug fixing initiative.
Acceptance of sponsorship offers is at the discretion of the QGIS PSC. We reserve the right to decline offers of sponsorship if the sponsoring organisation or party seems to be at odds with the ethos of our project. For example offers from marketing companies that have nothing to do with GIS / spatial services, or offers where we have reason to believe the presence of the sponsors logo and marketing materials on our site and other materials will degrade the experience of our users will be declined.
Organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring the QGIS project should contact the QGIS PSC Finance and Marketing advisor, Paolo Cavallini at: cavallini at faunalia dot it (+39-348-3801953) with questions, or to make arrangements.